Just outside of Tucson, Marana, Arizona, features historic settlements, impressive golf courses, modern active adult communities and all the scenic beauty of the American Southwest. The town was incorporated in 1977 and has grown into a thriving community for young adults, families and active adults alike. It is a beautiful place to visit and a fabulous retirement destination.
The Marana area has a rich history, which can be traced back over 4,200 years through several important archaeological sites. The area's earliest known people, the Hohokam, developed extensive irrigation canals, which are among the oldest in North America. In the 17th century, the area was discovered by Spanish conquistadors and missionaries, and by the mid-1800s, it was being mined for high-grade copper ore.
Marana takes its name from Southern Pacific Railroad maps created in 1890. The workers called the area Marana, which is a Spanish word for a jungle or thicket. As the area was settled, its primary establishment was through mining and farming. During World War II, the Marana Airfield became the world's largest pilot-training center, and, after the war, the area shifted to become an agricultural center. The Town of Marana was incorporated in 1977 and has grown significantly over the years. The incorporation is celebrated each year with the Founders' Day event.
Marana features many other annual festivals and events as well. Just a few popular ones include the Marana Star Spangled Spectacular Fourth of July celebration, the fall Harvest Festival and the winter Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting. Each year, Marana also hosts the PGA Tour Accenture Match Play Championship. This televised tournament features the world's 64 best pro golfers. It is held at the Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain Resort and Spa, which is the largest Ritz Carlton property in the Southwest.
In Marana, residents and locals alike can enjoy parks, trails and recreation centers, as well as modern retail centers and diverse entertainment options. Area attractions include the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Old Tucson Studios and Saguaro National Park. When it comes to shops and restaurants, the town offers both locally owned businesses and well-known National chains. With plans to open in the fall of 2015, Marana will also be home to the much anticipated Tucson Premium Outlets.
Active Adult Communities
Active adults who decide to settle in Marana can choose from several inviting, age-restricted communities. Larger resort-style developments include The Highlands at Dove Mountain and Continental Ranch Sunflower. Those who prefer a smaller community may fall in love with the new construction and resale homes available in Del Webb at Dove Mountain.
With its prime location just outside of Tucson, its growing attractions and its engaging annual events, Marana, Arizona, is a beautiful place for a Southwestern vacation or a sunny retirement destination.